Sports Hall of Fame – 2010


Jim Boughton

Jim’s teaching and coaching career at Dubuque Senior spanned twenty-eight years. In that time, Mr. Boughton’s coaching career included assistant men’s swimming for 4 years, assistant men’s track for 24 years, and head varsity men’s cross country coach for 25 years. Coach Boughton’s cross country teams won State Championships in 1987, 1995, and 1998, and finished runner-up on four other occasions. He also produced seven individual State Champions, six of them in a row. Mr. Boughton was nominated for the National Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2006. Jim Boughton was also Dubuque Senior’s Advance Placement Statistics teacher for 10 years before passing away from cancer on May 4, 2010, at the age of fifty-six.


Mike Ellis

Mike graduated from Dubuque Senior in 1988. Mike earned six career varsity letters while competing in basketball, football, and track. As a senior he was an excellent high jumper for the Rams. As a two-year starter in basketball, Mr. Ellis was team co-captain and honored as a Second Team All-MVC selection. Also a two-year starter in football, Mike again was the team’s co-captain, a two-year starting quarterback, and selected MVC Honorable Mention. In 1988, Mr. Ellis was selected Senior’s Outstanding Male Athlete.


Gene Gronau

Gene is a 1955 graduate of Dubuque Senior. Remembered as on of the finest basketball players ever to play for the Rams, this outstanding 6’4” forward scored 583 points his senior season: a single-season scoring record that still stands. Mr. Gronau helped lead Johnny Orr’s Rams to the MVC Championship in 1954 and to the 1955 State Tournament finals. That year the team went 20 – 7, Senior’s only twenty-win season in basketball. During his senior season, Mr. Gronau was the leading-scorer in the MVC, named First Team All-MVC, selected to the State Tournament All Tournament Team, and named First Team All State. Mr. Gronau was named to the National Chuck Taylor converse All-Star Team, and he played in the National North-South All-Star Game. He attended Iowa State on an athletic scholarship, graduating in 1959.


Jim Kremer

Jim was a four-sport star for Dubuque Senior. Before graduating in 1945, Mr. Kremer competed in track, tennis, football, and basketball. A tough and versatile athlete, Mr. Kremer started as both an offensive and defensive end for the Ram football team. He helped lead the 1943 football team to the MVC Championship. Mr. Kremer, however, is best remembered as one of Dubuque Senior’s all-time greatest basketball players. As a 6’3” center, Jim was acclaimed for playing “above the rim”, as well as his rebounding, ball handling, and defensive skills. Mr. Kremer was selected Third Team All State as a junior and First Team All State his senior season. Mr. Kremer was stricken with Multiple Sclerosis in 1948, and he passed away in 1972.


Teresa O’Brien

Teresa graduated from Dubuque Senior in 1977. A three-sport athlete, Teresa competed in basketball, cross country, and track. During her basketball career, she lead the Rams in scoring both her junior (510 points) and senior (666) seasons. Teresa set three schools records during her basketball career – total points scored (2032), field goals made (813) and free throws made (406). After leading the Rams to 18 wins in her senior year, Teresa was named All City and Second Team All-MVC. She is still acknowledged as one who helped establish the outstanding tradition women’s basketball basketball has enjoyed at Dubuque Senior.


Dick Weitz

Dick was an assistant principal and activity director at Dubuque Senior from 1988 to 1996. Known for his professional athletic leadership, Mr. Weitz undertook the creation of Senior’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Establishing every aspect of the Athletic Hall of Fame, it was truly his ‘brainchild’. In 1996, Mr. Weitz accepted the position as District Athletic Director for the Dubuque Community Schools. In that position Dick oversaw the operation of all elementary, middle school and high school athletics until his retirement in June of 2008. Mr. Weitz is remembered as one who led by example and championed both participation and sportsmanship in all competitive arenas. Mr. Weitz was inducted into the state’s IHSAA Hall of Fame in 2009.